Australian Transport Safety Bureau

Section 2: Outcomes and planned performance

Australian Government outcomes are the intended results, impacts or consequences of actions by the Australian Government on the Australian community. Commonwealth programs are the primary vehicle by which government entities achieve the intended results of their outcome statements. Entities are required to identify the programs which contribute to Australian Government outcomes over the Budget and forward years.

Each outcome is described below together with its related programs. The following provides detailed information on expenses for each outcome and program, further broken down by funding source.

Note:
From 1 July 2015, performance reporting requirements in the Portfolio Budget Statements sit alongside those required under the enhanced commonwealth performance framework. It is anticipated that the performance criteria described in Portfolio Budget Statements will be read with broader information provided in an entity's corporate plans and annual performance statements—included in Annual Reports from October 2016—to provide an entity's complete performance story.

2.1: Budgeted expenses and performance for Outcome 1

Outcome 1: Improved transport safety in Australia including through: independent ‘no blame’ investigation of transport accidents and other safety occurrences; safety data recording, analysis and research; and fostering safety awareness, knowledge and action.

Budgeted expenses for Outcome 1

This table below shows how much the ATSB intends to spend (on an accrual basis) on achieving the outcome, broken down by program, as well as by Departmental funding sources.

Table 2.1: Budgeted expenses for Outcome 1

Table 2.2: Performance criteria for Outcome 1

Table 2.2 below details the performance criteria for each program associated with Outcome 1. It also summarises how each program is delivered and where 2016–17 Budget measures have created new programs or materially changed existing programs.

Outcome 1 Improved transport safety in Australia including through: independent ‘no blame’ investigation of transport accidents and other safety occurrences; safety data recording, analysis and research; and fostering safety awareness, knowledge and action.
Program 1.1—The ATSB will work actively with the aviation, marine and rail industries, transport regulators and governments at a state, national and international level to improve transport safety standards for all Australians, particularly the travelling public. Investigations and related activities seek to raise awareness of identified safety issues and to encourage stakeholders to implement actions to improve future safety.
Delivery The key deliverables for the ATSB to meet its primary outcome are given below.
  • Assess, classify and publish summaries of accident and incident occurrences received. Details of occurrences being investigated are published within one working day. Summaries of aviation occurrences are ready to be published in the public online database within ten working days of receipt.
  • Assess confidential reports for clarity, completeness and significance for transport safety and, where appropriate, advise within six weeks any responsible party in a position to take safety action in response to the safety concern.
  • Complete and publish up to 60 more complex investigations and up to 100 short investigations per annum.
  • Complete and publish the annual Aviation Occurrence Statistics report and other research publications as informed by the annual research program. Reports on aviation safety trends will be provided to the Minister and safety entities twice per year.
  • Ensure preparedness for a major accident by reviewing and testing major accident response and management capabilities through participation in one major exercise per annum.
  • Assist transport safety in the international region, through direct cooperation and the delivery of approved projects and other support activities provided for by program funding agreements.
  • The ATSB will continue to assist the Malaysian Government with its investigation into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370) in accordance with Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation. The ATSB will continue to work with primary and secondary stakeholders in relation to decisions made by Governments in relation to the search and/or potential recovery operations of MH370.
Performance information
YearPerformance criteriaTargeted rates (Forecast rates):
2015–16 The ATSB's forecast rates against its targeted rates for 2015–16 are as follows:  
  KPI1  
  Safety actions completed that address safety issues identified by ATSB investigation reports:  
  Critical safety issues. 100% (100%)
  All other safety issues. 70% (60%)
  KPI2  
  Complex investigation reports are published within 12 months. 90% (40%)
  KPI3  
  Short investigation reports are completed within two months. 90% (50%)
  KPI4  
  Stakeholder awareness of safety issues is raised as a result of investigation, research and analysis findings and through safety education activities as measured through a biennial survey—scored on a 7-point rating scale. 5 or higher on a biennial basis (5 minimum)
  KPI5  
  Safety action is taken by stakeholders to address valid safety concerns identified in confidential reports. 70% actioned (80% actioned)
2016–17 In 2016–17 the ATSB's performance will be measured against the following targets:  
  KPI1  
  Safety actions completed that address safety issues identified by ATSB investigation reports:  
  Critical safety issues. 100%
  All other safety issues. 70%
  KPI2  
  Complex investigation reports are published within 12 months. 90%
  KPI3  
  Short investigation reports are completed within two months. 90%
  KPI4  
  Stakeholder awareness of safety issues is raised as a result of investigation, research and analysis findings and through safety education activities as measured through a biennial survey—scored on a 7-point rating scale. 5 or higher on a biennial basis
  KPI5  
  Safety action is taken by stakeholders to address valid safety concerns identified in confidential reports. 70% actioned
2017–18 and beyond As per 2016–17 As per 2016–17
Purposes Improve the safety of, and public confidence in, aviation, marine and rail transport through:
  • the independent ‘no blame’ investigation of transport accidents and other safety occurrences; and
  • safety data recording, analysis and research fostering safety awareness, knowledge and action.
Material changes to Program 1.1 resulting from the following measures:
  • There are no new measures with a material impact on the performance information for Program 1.1.

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